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AnneMarie Maes in Beehave


AnneMarie Maes participates with the installation Bee Agency and with the video Variation Games in Beehave, an exhibition curated by Martina Millà at Fundació Juan Miró, Barcelona.

Where are the bees? The mass disappearance of honey bees in recent years has elicited a growing interest in urban beekeeping as a way to re-naturalise cities. The Beehave exhibition project curated by Martina Millà draws on this debate – also among contemporary artists – presenting installations and pieces in a range of different media by local and international artists who invite visitors to engage in sensorial experiences focused on a variety of aspects of the world of bees.

One of Beehave‘s objectives is, as its title suggests, to educate and foster greater knowledge of these insects, thus broadening the boundaries of our perception.

From March to June, a range of local and international artists unfold installations in the Miró Museum and throughout Barcelona. With their actions and interventions they focus on the important role that honey bees and many other insect pollinators play in preserving biodiversity.

The Beehave project features works by the artists Joan Bennàssar, Luis Bisbe, Alfonso Borragán, Joana Cera, Gemma Draper, GOIG (Pol Esteve & Miquel Mariné) & Max Celar, Vadim Grigoryan & Marcos Lutyens, Jerónimo Hagerman, Marine Hugonnier, Anne Marie Maes, Melliferopolis (Ulla Taipale & Christina Stadlbauer), Joan Miró, Anna Moreno, Àlex Muñoz & Xavi Manzanares, Luis Fernando Ramírez Celis, Toni Serra (Abu Ali), Ulla Taipale, Andrés Vial, Pep Vidal and Philip Wiegard.

The exhibition at the Fundació Juan Miró opens February 15th and runs until May 20th.

Parc de Montjuic, 08038 Barcelona
Tues, Wed, Fri 10-6; Thurs 10-9; Sat 10-8; Sun 10-3

Interventions throughout the city 15 March to 17 June 2018

For more info see Beehave

Peter Hulsmans and Maria Gabriëlle in “&”

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The work of Peter Hulsmans investigates the relation with the viewer. It wants to make the elusive elements in this relationship, such as emotions and thoughts, visible. Hulsmans plays consciously with our viewing behaviour and anticipates in an explicit way how the viewer will respond. At the same time the work can be described, according to literary scholar Noël Reumkens as holding back, evasive, scarce, and fragile. Reumkens uses the phrase ‘lessness’ as the work seems to explicitly lack something. Not only in a semantic way but literally, namely physical weight. This lessness, this minimalism, is not meant to add a cultural or artistic value, but exactly to question the expectations of the viewer. The question is not how an art work is supposed to look, but how it manifests itself.

A similar restraint and asceticism can be detected in the work of Maria Gabriëlle although her interpretation is rather more sensitive. Where Hulsmans plays a visual game with the viewer, Gabriëlle wants to create a pictorial poetics. She composes work with ephemeral materials that create an independent micro cosmos.

(From the press release by Danielle Buyssens)

Gallery Praetoria is a non-profit organisation for the arts in Antwerp, specifically focussing on the work of Belgian artists.

The exhibition opens today and runs until 4 March 2018

Praetoria vzw
Pretoriastraat 38
2600 Berchem/Antwerp

Sat-Sun 2-6pm and by appointment

Chris Meulemans – Laurence Plumier – Danielle Buyssens

Dominique Leroy in Under the Sand at Le Lieu Unique


Dominique Leroy currently takes part in the residency ‘Avant la poussière/Before the Dust’ together with Jef Rolez at Le Lieu Unique, Nantes. The residency is the fourth in a series organized by the project ‘Under the Sand’. The first three took place in Gafsa, Tunisia, well-known for its phosphate mining industry. ‘Under the Sand’ was initiated by Wilfried Nail in collaboration with Souad Mani and promotes transdisciplinary and international meetings between artists over a period of three years (2016-19). It wants to valorize the area of Gafsa close to the Tunisian desert through a series of residencies and exhibitions in Tunisia and France hoping to initiate a recurring event – a biennial meeting in which art, scientific research and territory encounter each other.

The territory of Gafsa is turned into an open-air laboratory for artistic research and experiments in collaboration with partners, students, habitants and local artisans, the university and the Governorate of Gafsa. ‘Under the Sand’ takes an ‘archeo-artistic’ look at the territory and interrogates its landscapes in a historical, political, ecological and utopic way. It uses the archeological means of excavation, extraction and filtering to reveal the non-visible of this territory.

Le Lieu Unique will show the third exhibition of the project with Marion Zilio as invited curator and work by Minhee Kim, Dominique Leroy, Amélie Labourdette, Wilfried Nail, Pascale Rémita et Benoit Travers.

For ‘Under the Sand’ Dominique Leroy and Jef Rolez make use of the same creative process as in Tunisia to explore and use the spatial, sound and vibratory components of the space of Le Lieu Unique. Around Lake Gafsa they strained nylon threads to vibrate in the wind and transmitted the frequencies through resonators crafted with found objects (e.g. tins, a truck hose), placed facing the cliff. The installation played with the echo and acoustic ecology of the space – the sound ricochets on the water, the song of the frogs, the rebounds on the cliff.

In Nantes Dominique Leroy and Jef Rolez use the same principle during their residency. Echoing the installation in Gafsa they place a recording device that grafts itself on the architecture and the flows of Le Lieu Unique by exploiting the different skins of the building that separate us from different spaces and the exterior – Plexiglas glazing, metal frames,floors and staircases. Different visible and invisible networks are revealed such as the boiler room, the electromagnetic fields of the neon lamps, the Wi-Fi network. The infrastructure thus becomes a sound instrument. Leroy and Rolez use numerous Wi-Fi modems to transmit sounds and data from one point to another, from one floor to another. The work consists out of the manipulation of the different recordings on the spot; the manufacturing of mechanical, electronic, acoustic and digital devices that work as live handmade instruments. During the exhibition and on the internet, this will result in a kind of ‘listening contact’ with a specific space in the building of Le Lieu Unique.

More images and video to follow next week.

Vernissage 9 February 2018
Exhibition 10-27 February 2018

Tuesday-Saturday 2-7pm; Sunday 3-7pm

Le Lieu Unique, Quai Ferdinand-Favre,
44000 Nantes, France


Nathalie Hunter at ‘Right Back’ and ’20 Years NICC – Jubilee’

Nathalie Hunter currently has a solo show running at Kunst in Huis (Art at Home) in Antwerp. The title of her show – ‘Right Back’ – refers to her returning to a kind of intuitive working that she also used about twenty years ago. The art works in the show can be rented and so far two of them have already.

The show runs until 3rd February at Kunst in Huis, Montignystraat 18-20, Antwerp
Thurs-Fri 1-5.30; Sat 10-4


While one show ends next week another one starts as Hunter will also take part in the exhibition to celebrate 20 years of the artists organisation NICC. The show will be curated by Guillaume Bijl and will bring work of more than 170 artists together.’20 Years NICC – Jubilee’ will only show work on A4 paper by the fine fleur of Belgian art.

Opening 2nd February 19-22pm, Bouwmeesterstraat 3, Antwerp; followed by a party at ‘Het Bos’, Ankersrui 5-7, Antwerp

The show runs until 18th February and can be visited every Sat-Sun 2-6pm

20jaar Nicc postkaart

Bureau Doove presents: Wonder Room at RAAY


Want to learn a new way of dealing with chaos? Come and join one of the unique Wonder Room workshops at RAAY – Royal Adelaide Art and Yoga in Plymouth.

Discover this curious place and former famous pub through a lecture/workshop on problem solving, creative collaboration and idea development.

Examples of presentation and organisation from art history, and the contemporary appropriation of these themes by popular music bands are used in a light and enjoyable way.

Presented by curator, writer and researcher Dr. Edith Doove, creative consultant at Bureau Doove, and member of Transtechnology Research, Plymouth University.


Thursday 1 March 2018

10am – 1pm


Sunday 4 March 2018


(The earlier date of Thursday 1 February has been cancelled).


RAAY – Royal Adelaide Art and Yoga

9 Adelaide Street Plymouth PL1 3JE



£25 per workshop

Quality coffee and cake included.

Please bring an everyday household object or office utensil which will be used during the workshop. Also think about your likes and dislikes and consider a specific practical problem you are facing such as your digital organisation.

Place are limited to only 8 places per workshop. Please make use of the form to apply. and choose one of the options.

Happy Curious, Adventurous & Prosperous New Year!

The Office is closed until 2nd January to gather some energy for more adventures in 2018.

For all of you a Happy Curious, Adventurous and Prosperous New Year!

Photo: Statue Mr. Hulot in Saint-Nazaire by Edith Doove, November 2017

Alexandra Dementieva and AnneMarie Maes at Nova XX


The new forum Nova XX is dedicated to technological, scientific and artistic innovation by women on the eve of the fourth industrial revolution. The first edition takes place in Brussels from 9 till 30 December 2017. At the centre is the exhibition with 9 installations by Brussels and European artists. Bureau Doove is extremely proud that AnneMarie Maes and Alexandra Dementieva were invited to present their installations Sensorial Skin for an Intelligent Beehive and Breathless.

Nova XX further presents 7 Brussels start-ups and four thematic conferences that in total will celebrate 16 female geniuses in a wide range of domains.

Find more info on the website in Dutch and French (the English version is currently in preparation).

Nova XX opens Saturday 9 December from 5.30 pm in the Gorikshallen, Brussels, Sint-Goriksplein 1, 1000 Brussels

Saint-Nazaire visit

The recent visit to Saint-Nazaire was short but sweet. In the limited time available we visited the beach of Mr. Hulot, Le Grand Cafe for the exhibition ‘Vibrating Things’ by Marcus Avila Forero and Le Lieu Unique for their Midiminuitpoesie Festival. We worked however mainly on our European funding application about which we hope to tell you more soon! In the meantime find some photos of our visit. Thanks to Dom Leroy and Marina Pirot for the wonderful time!

.com, renewed site and Anna Walker

It is with immense pleasure that I like to present the renewed Bureau Doove. We have not only upgraded to our own domain name, thanks to our Crowdfunder campaign, but also take a new direction under the heading of Creative Consultancy. In this set up with its much wider range of possibilities, chaos is the inspiration for creative solutions. This is amongst others used in our new workshops.

The new site also enables to work in a different way with artists, presenting their work soon in an online gallery and via limited editions.

In this context I am very happy to announce that we now also work with artist and writer Anna Walker who’s incredible sensitive work on the effects of trauma fits very well in the approach of Bureau Doove. She also is an important sounding board in the development of our new direction.

Finally, we still work towards establishing residencies in Saint-Nazaire, France and you can continue to support us for this. Find out more here.

Do get in touch if you want to know more about what we do and how we can be of help in advising individual artists or organisations. I hope you will be just as excited as I am about the new adventure that lies ahead.

Edith Doove

Image: Anna Walker, still from multi-channel video work in progress Water binds me to your name…

Workshops: Wonder Room and Talk Show


Bureau Doove offers two workshops that can now be booked.

Wonder Room is a unique workshop that uses examples of presentation and organisation from art history. We also look at the use of art by popular music bands, to enhance problem solving, creative collaboration and idea development in a light and enjoyable way.

Everyday chaos becomes a wonder to explore. Using the model of the Cabinet of Curiosities or Wonder Room, every conference room is turned into a room of wonder that leads to new insights.

The workshop consists of a combination of a lecture and practical exercises. Participants are asked to bring in an everyday household or office object.

The workshop is delivered for small groups from 8 to maximum 12 participants and can be tailored to various backgrounds or purposes (non-experts, CPD, academic) during half a day or a full day with the full day having the benefit of providing a platform for the development of new ideas. In each case a safe and pleasurable environment is developed in which finding creative solutions thrives. Included are quality coffee and good cake (and lunch when a day long).

“Edith creates a relaxed and playful space and provides great coffee and cake.”

At the end of this workshop you will have new insights in how to deal with everyday obstacles.

Responses from a workshop at HQ – Business Centre, Plymouth:

“Great! I recommend it to people who feel stalled in their career or home life.”

“This was a workshop full of inspiration that filled me up with the need for play, excitement and wonder, both as an artist and as an individual.”

“A way to creatively explore ways of playfully thinking and being outside your perceived restrictions.”



Talk Show is a workshop on presentation skills in which your current presentation skills are reviewed or build from scratch. Where for most people having to present is their worst nightmare, this workshop will give you the confidence to share your knowledge or your story with others.

To give participants enough time to develop their skills this workshop is delivered to groups of maximum 4 to 6. Participants need to have access to a laptop and Powerpoint. Other presentation options will be introduced during the workshop.

As with Wonder Room this workshop creates a safe and pleasurable environment in which to develop your presentation skills in a relaxed kind of way. Quality refreshments and lunch are included in this day long workshop.

At the end of this workshop you will have to the confidence to present for a small audience.

One to one sessions and follow up coaching are also possible.

The workshops are led by Edith Doove and can be delivered in English, Dutch or French.

Use the contact form to ask for more information and a quote. Prices are dependent on venue, participants and length of the workshop.

Image: Rosamund Purcell, Ole Worm’s Cabinet of Curiosities, Museum Wormianum, Copenhagen – also see https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/ole-worm-cabinet